The Snyder Cut strikes again! Filmmaker Zack Snyder just shared a new image of Henry Cavill in Superman’s black suit, a dark variant of the iconic costume from the comics that was heavily speculated (and practically confirmed via tie-in merchandise) to be a fixture in Snyder’s Justice League.
On Thursday, Snyder shared the image of Henry Cavill in a black and silver Superman costume on the social network Vero, which seemingly only exists so the director can share Snyder Cut teasers. The caption simply reads, “My Superman.”
The costume, which was not shown in the theatrical version of Justice League, was first reported by Inverse in 2017 in an email interview with cinematographer Fabian Wagner.
“There were [scenes shot],” Wagner told us two years ago. “It’s a cool looking costume. Sadly, we didn’t see that either in the final cut.”
In the comics, Superman wore a black and silver variant of his iconic red and blue outfit after his resurrection in the 1992 storyline, The Death of Superman. Because 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice heavily adapted elements from that story, it became a point of speculation that 2017’s Justice League, which would involve Superman’s return as a plot point, would have Superman in his black costume. It was all but confirmed in 2016, when Henry Cavill shared on his Instagram an abstract close-up of the black costume.
But when Snyder left production on Justice League and was taken over by Joss Whedon, elements such as Superman’s black costume were left missing in the final version. It is for this reason, among others, that fans are now demanding Warner Bros. “release the Snyder Cut,” a director’s cut of the DC superhero ensemble that we now know is real. Demands for the Snyder Cut have only grown online since the film’s lukewarm release in November 2017.
The alternate Superman costume did eventually appear in the film — in a deleted scene, which was released as a clip during the DVD and Blu-ray release. Cavill also does not wear the costume in the scene. However, this new photo shows what Cavill would have looked like in the costume because he’s actually wearing it.
The image Snyder shared on Vero, which appears to be Cavill posing in a studio, is a brand new picture never seen by anyone outside the making of Justice League. It is likely a publicity photo or reference photo used by the filmmakers, and maybe would have been released if Snyder’s version of the film made it to theaters.
Whedon’s Justice League did not feature Superman’s black costume. However, we know Snyder’s film was meant to, because tie-in merchandise such as licensed apparel from New Era included apparel resembling Superman’s black costume.
The official copy for the product reads:
“A black variation of the Superman suit adorned during his time in the regeneration matrix, a Kryptonian chamber that reversed the previously lethal effects of his protracted punch-em-up with Doomsday. “In the film Justice League, it seems Superman’s cinematic resurrection will parallel the hit comic story concocted in the ‘90s, considering he returns in a stylish black costume soon after a very tense fight with Doomsday.”
Until the day the “Snyder Cut” is actually released (which may not be that far away), Snyder’s Vero is the closest thing to watching this fabled edit of the movie. At least the pictures look stunning.